Curriculum Info

Rainbow Schools’ curriculum is based on these developmentally appropriate practices. Rainbow School also chooses a “Learning Center” approach to the curriculum.

Rainbow School specifically provides a curriculum that is rich in discovery and exploration. We believe that learning takes place through child initiated, free choice activities or “experiential” learning. Though the program may appear informal and flexible, the curriculum and environment are a result of careful daily planning by staff. Teachers arrange the learning environment in to many interest areas: art, blocks, cooking, computer, home living, library, listening center, carpentry, music and movement, science, the outdoors, sand and water, work jobs, table games and manipulatives. These learning centers also provide exposure to letters and shapes as well as a foundation for numbers and math concepts.

Rainbow Schools uses the Creative Curriculum program to implement the goals and objectives that best fits our schools philosophy and goals. The curriculum covers ten basic areas of development. The ten areas of development have specific goals and objectives for infants through kindergarten which are:

1. Social Competencies

Regulates own emotions and behaviors

  • Manages feelings
  • Follows limits and expectations
  • Takes care of own needs appropriately

Establishes and sustains positive relationships

  • Forms relationships with adults
  • Responds to emotional cures
  • Interacts with peers
  • Makes friends

Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations

  • Balances needs and rights of self and others
  • Solves social problems

2. Physical

Demonstrates traveling skills

  • Walks
  • Runs
  • Gallops and skips

Demonstrates balancing skills

  • Sits and stands
  • Walks on beam
  • Jumps and hops

Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills

  • Throws
  • Catches
  • Kicks

Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination

  • Uses fingers and hands
  • Uses writing and drawing tools

3. Language

Listens to and understands increasingly complex language

  • Comprehends language
  • Follow directions

Users language to express thoughts and needs

  • Uses an expanding expressive vocabulary
  • Speaks clearly
  • Uses conventional grammar
  • Tells about another time or place

Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills

  • Engages in conversations
  • Uses social rules of language

4. Cognitive

Demonstrates positive approaches to learning

  • Attends and engages
  • Persists
  • Solves problems
  • Show curiosity and motivation
  • Show flexibility and inventiveness in thinking

Remembers and connects experiences

  • Recognizes and recalls
  • Makes connections

Uses classification skills

Uses symbols and images to represent something not present

  • Thinks symbolically
  • Engages in socio-dramatic play

5. Literacy

Demonstrates phonological awareness

  • Notices and discriminates rhyme
  • Notices and discriminates alliteration
  • Notices and discriminates smaller and smaller units of sound

Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet

  • Identifies and names letters
  • Uses letter-sound knowledge

Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses

  • Uses and appreciates books
  • Uses print concepts

Comprehends and responds to books and other texts

  • Interacts during read-a-louds and book conversations
  • Uses emergent reading skills
  • Retells stories

Demonstrates emergent writing skills

  • Writes name
  • Writes convey meaning

6. Mathematics

Uses number concepts and operations

  • Counts
  • Quantifies
  • Connects numerals with their quantities

Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes

  • Understands spatial relationships
  • Understands shapes

Compares and measures

Demonstrates knowledge of patterns

7. Science and Technology

Uses scientific inquiry skills

Demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics of living things

Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials

Demonstrates knowledge of Earth’s environment

Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks

8. Social Studies

Demonstrates knowledge about self

Shows basic understanding of people and how they live

Explores change related to familiar people or places

Demonstrates simple geographical knowledge

9. The Arts

Explores the visual arts

Explores musical concepts and expression

Explores dance and movement concepts

Explores drama through actions and language

10. English Language Acquisition

Demonstrates progress in listening to and understanding English

Demonstrates progress in speaking English


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